Convertible work light

The Snap-on ECARB042 is a new, slim, 450-lumen convertible work light that flips to become a 300 lumen flashlight.

It’s one of the only convertible lights on the market, and the first light in the Snap-on line that charges via USB-C.

Moving to this new standard in charging ports has eliminated one of the greatest challenges in USB charging – the directional plug. USB-C uses a non-directional plug enabling it to power up in any orientation – no more fumbling around with power cords.

It offers “intelligent” lighting control with a dimming function. Once the brightness button is held down and the level selected, the light will ‘remember’ the setting. This eliminates the annoying click-through process of most multi-brightness tools in the market, says Snap-on.

The company says it created the light in response to input from customers… primarily to make it slim, easy to plug in and charge, bright enough in both modes, and possess intelligent dimming settings.

Two built-in magnets hold the convertible light in place while working and for easy storage. The IP65 rating allows the light exposure to water and dust in the harshest of environments without any reduction in performance. Intelligent lighting control and the latest in battery technology enables the convertible to operate for 3 hours at 100% or up to 6 hours at 40% brightness. An on-board battery ‘fuel gauge’ provides a visual check of the light’s remaining power.

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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